Do you remember this show? It had Alien invaders, giant robots, space battles and all the characters were puppets? Star Fleet was a unique show that pretty much had me glued to the TV during its airing way back in 1982 on ITV (one of three channels we had in the UK at the time), and it one of the first series I remember watching all the way through week in, week out for 24 weeks.
Today another part of my childhood died, RIP Gerry Anderson 1929 – 2012 aged 89, creator of the Thunderbirds, Stingray, Joe90, Captain Scarlet, UFO, Fireball XL5, Space 1999 and other amazing TV shows died today age 83. Thank you Sir for the fantastic adventures. His Supermarionnation stories brought my Sunday to life with the Thunderbirds and International Rescue, the show came on ITV at 12.30pm and I played my live action drama record to death. My Saturdays were full of Stingray and Joe90 with a double featuring billing of Captain Scarlet; and during one long summer every morning it was Fireball XL5 at 7am.
While I feel his live action stuff was wanting, he brought children’s imaginations to TV screen in the most amazing ways… Thank you Gerry Anderson for the joy filled memories, of playing in the Park as Thunderbird One, defeating the Mysterons as Captain Blue bringing worlds alive, may you rest in peace Sir you touched millions of Children hearts and imaginations 🙂
After the jump please enjoy the Opening and Ending Sequence to Gerry Anderson’s most famous creation – Thunderbirds